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Nokia has denied it plans to manufacture phones or release consumer smartphones, even though reports indicated otherwise. As part of its acquisition by Microsoft, the company cannot return to the market it once dominated until 2016, and it is still unknown what the company plans to do otherwise.
"Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China," according to Nokia. "These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Network executives. Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets."
Nokia has launched a branded Google Android tablet to the Chinese market, and could eventually try to release smartphones again. The smartphone market is extremely competitive, but Nokia may find success by launching lower-cost devices to emerging markets - but all options will be explored next year.
Discover card members will be able to use the Apple Pay mobile payments service later this year, the company has confirmed. iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch owners can already use Apple Pay with Visa, American Express and MasterCard.
"As the mobile payments landscape matures, Discover remains committed to giving card members secure options for using their cards and mobile services," said Diane Offereins, president of payment services at Discover. "Discover's focus on simplicity and value for our card members aligns well with the way Apple Pay makes purchases easy and convenient."
Apple is in a continued fight to win over retailers, with credit card companies and banks already jumping on the Apple Pay bandwagon. The company will eventually see itself competing against Samsung Pay, Android Pay, and the Merchant Customer Exchange, as more companies enter the mobile payment ecosystem.
LG is so close to the official unveiling of its G4 smartphone, where we're receiving details on the handset slowly. The latest is pricing, with LG setting the price of the G4 smartphone at around $800.
At $800, it's an expensive handset, far more expensive than the Nexus 5 at under half its price when it debuted (made by LG). The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are $800+ handsets, but LG is packing a serious punch with the G4. We have a 5.5-inch QHD (2560x1440) display, a super-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor (six cores), and more.
We know to expect a seriously good rear-facing camera, too.
Lenovo has just announced its latest handset, the K80, which will feature some surprising specifications. First off, we have a 5.5-inch 1080p display, which in this QHD world, isn't that great.
It is backed up by an Intel Atom processor, with a 1.8GHz clock speed and 64-bit. We also have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, and a huge 4000mAh battery. On the rear, Lenovo has provided a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS, with the entire smartphone coming in at just 8.5mm thick.
Android 5.0 Lollipop powers the Lenovo K80 handset, with the Chinese manufacturer pricing it at $290. It will be available in China at first on April 30, with a second model to follow with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
The world of smartphones is about to be blown open by Chinese smartphone manufacturer Elephone, which is poised to release a new handset in June which will run two operating systems: Android 5.0 Lollipop, and Windows 10.
The new smartphone will feature a 5.5-inch 2560x1440 display, 4GB of RAM, fingerprint security, a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera with a Sony IMX 230 sensor, and a 3800mAh battery. The processor will be a 64-bit capable chip, with two versions of the handset being made available. One of them will feature the cheaper MediaTek processor, while the other will be powered by an Intel processor.
The consumer mobile market is transitioning towards smartphones, with sales to consumers making less than $30,000 per year increasing by more than 50 percent, according to The NPD Group.
Mobile phone sales increased 28 percent year-over-year, while smartphones sales increased 35 percent during the same time period - with Apple and Samsung accounting for two out of every three devices sold.
"The smartphone market continues to undergo radical changes, even as it approaches maturity in the U.S.," said Stephen Baker, VP of industry analysis at NPD. "As older and less affluent buyers enter the market, the industry is increasingly offering pricing and service plans that match the needs of these demographics."
LG will be unveiling its new G4 smartphone next week on April 28, but the South Korean electronics giant continues to tease the F1.8-capable rear-facing camera.
The company has now released a teaser that follows photographer Colby Brown as he uses the G4 to snap some photos, while Brown talks about the G4 and how the rear-facing camera allows him to capture photos with accurate colors, as well as noise reduction during shots in dark environments. Brown also talks about the manual mode on the G4's camera software, which allows users to control everything - from controlling the shutter speed, to adjusting the ISO and white balance.
We don't know too much a bout the G4, but LG did announce it was letting users trial the new smartphone two weeks ago now. We know to expect a gorgeous 5.5-inch QHD display, but will it beat the gorgeous panel on Samsung's Galaxy S6 edge?
We've known about the Xperia Z4 for quite a while now, but Sony has finally made it official. The Japanese electronics giant has made its latest flagship smartphone available exclusively to Japan right now, with no announcement of it jumping across the pond just yet.
The Xperia Z4 features a 6.9mm thick, 144g metal body which is very similar to the previous handsets. We have a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2930mAh battery, a 2GHz 8-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM and Android 5.0 Lollipop. To top it off, Sony has provided its excellent water- and dust-resistance goodness to its latest flagship handset.
The biggest downside to the Xperia Z4 is that we don't have an announcement of its launch anywhere other than Japan. Once iet launches in Japan over the summer, Sony will provide it in white, black, copper, and "aqua green".
WikiLeaks released over 30,000 internal Sony documents recently, a dump that included presentation files, financial information and what looks to be some details on the upcoming Xperia Z4 smartphone.
Thanks to the new information and leaks, we can hope to receive a full-metal design on Sony's upcoming flagship handset. It looks like we can also expect a fingerprint sensor on the Xperia Z4, bringing it up to the same level as the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge from Samsung, and the iPhone 5, 5S, 6 and 6 Plus from Apple.
The leaked images show a bigger power button, which looks like it might be the fingerprint sensor too, as well as the all-metal back and front of the Xperia Z4. The internal documents and early renders are using words such as "seamless" and "solid", which means we can expect a beautiful new design from Sony for its Xperia Z4 smartphone.
Thanks to a recent acquisition of LinX Computational Imaging Ltd., Apple has been strongly rumored to begin producing DSRL-quality iPhone cameras for their next releases. This Israeli-based firm focuses on depth-sensing camera technology and has been picked out by Apple as important enough for a $20 million buyout as pointed out by The Wall Street Journal.
LinX utilizes an array of sensors in order to take many images at the same time, using this information to produce better imagery.
However, Apple has claimed that they will purchase companies every now and then but chooses not disclose why it has taken place - making the DSLR-quality camera claim simply a rumor at this stage.